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Nurses, midwives and doctors - revalidation processes

Revalidation for nurses and midwives working abroad 

There are statutory re-registration requirements placed on all UK Nurses and Midwives by their Regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). These came into effect from April 2016 and apply to all Nurses and Midwives regardless of the role or sector in which they are operating and to all fields of practice. Nurses and Midwives re-register every three years but pay the NMC an annual retention fee. These new re registration requirements replace the existing PREPP Standards and must be met if the Nurse or Midwife is to remain on the NMC register and continue practising legally in the UK. Whilst revalidation is primarily the responsibility of the nurse or midwife, it will require significant support and input from any employer or sponsoring agency.

Nurses and midwives working abroad

It should be possible to continue to be registered to work in the UK even if nurses and midwives are working overseas and this is strongly recommended. However the involvement of another senior NMC registrant in the process is highly advisable. The NMC recommends that Nurses and Midwives also seek to register with the appropriate regulator in the country in which they are practising.

Please also see the NMC guidance on working outside the UK.

It may be possible for a person to work in healthcare in an overseas context without their UK registration. However they will not be able to call themselves a UK Registered Nurse or Midwife and should register in the country in which they wish to practice.

Any midwife or nurse returning to the UK who has not kept up their UK registration would have to go through training and revalidation before being able to take up a position again. 

The Christian Medical Fellowship document Nurses revalidation contains an overview of the requirements and where to find help. Follow this link and scroll down to find the paper and other helpful resources.

Licencing and revalidation for doctors working abroad

In order to work in the UK all doctors must be registered with the General Medical Council (GMC) and hold a licence to practice. Since December 2012, retaining the licence to practise depends on revalidation every five years through a process of annual appraisals. It is important to understand that the GMC licence to practice is a licence to practice in the UK.

Understanding your licence to practice and the process of revalidation will help you make decisions as you go and smooth your return to working in the UK after a period abroad. The system is less complicated that sometimes appears and the GMC website (though difficult to navigate) has clear information.

After ten years of revalidation the process and advice for doctors working abroad is now clearer and hopefully simpler.

The Christian Medical Fellowship document Licencing and revalidation for doctors working abroad contains an overview of the options. Follow this link and scroll down to find the paper and other helpful resources.

More detailed guidance is available on the GMC website